Spring brings blossom time to landscape
IT’S always a relief when the first hints of spring appear in the garden.
The nights are still cool and will be for some time yet but as the days slowly get longer the soil temperature will begin to climb.
All the flowers at this time really give a welcome boost to the landscape.
Flowering trees are an excellent addition to any garden, regardless of size or style.
There is such a large selection of different blossoming trees available to Tasmanian gardeners, it would be hard not to find a favourite.
Native plant lovers should be looking at the wattle (Acacia) family for inspiration.
Trees such as the purple Cootamundra wattle (Acacia baileyana pupurea) and the hardy blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) put on dazzling spring shows of colour and require little in the way of care.
Those who prefer exotic trees should consider deciduous magnolias. The large, goblet-shaped flowers can be found in hues from white through to deep burgundy.
Magnolia “Felix” and Magnolia “Burgundy Star” are lovely varieties.
Even those with the smallest gardens can still get in on the act.
Grafted weeping cherries are ideal for these situations, as they are not large trees and their root systems are unlikely to cause damage to nearby buildings or pathways.
Weeping cherries can be purchased easily, with white or pink flowers in a range of sizes.
Be sure to stake any newly planted grafted trees for at least the first growing season, as they can be susceptible to wind damage while young.